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ICT

Department Aims

In the department we aim to:​

ICT is an ever changing area of study which affects the way we learn, communicate, use our leisure time and how we live our lives and work.  Know-how in ICT is a lifelong skill. The aim of the ICT department is to:

  • stimulate students’ interest and enjoyment in using ICT

  • develop transferable skills that they can use in the world of work and for leisure

  • prepare students to be flexible users of ICT so that they can adapt to future changes in technology.

The ICT Team

HOD

Caroline Browne

Subject Teachers

Michelle Campbell

Teresa McBrearty

Ann Gormley

Patrick Stewart

Anthony McCourt

Key Stage 3

Year 8 and 9 students follow a programme of study developing skills in a word processing, spreadsheet, image manipulation and video creation, emailing and programming skills using Scratch and HTML.

There is usually a big uptake of ICT in both KS4 and KS5

Key Stage 4

In Year 11 and 12 the students are offered

  • CCEA GCSE Digital Technology choosing either

    • Multimedia pathway

    • Programming pathway

  • Open College Network Level 2 Certificate in Information Technology Applications

Both courses provide the learner with appropriate skills necessary to move onto the next level.

Key Stage 5

Two qualifications are offered at this level with the possibility of a third being offered in the next few years

Students can select to follow

  • CCEA GCE Digital Technology

  • OCR Extended Certificate in IT

Careers

On completing KS5 students have the opportunity to go to university or follow an apprenticeship in computing/IT route.